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Sunday, 14 February 2010

Saint V....


There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine's Day. Some experts state that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine". Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honour St. Valentine.

http://www.pictureframes.co.uk/Saint-Valentine.aspx

This bit about Saint V made me laugh…

Saints are not supposed to rest in peace; they're expected to keep busy: to perform miracles, to intercede. Being in jail or dead is no excuse for non-performance of the supernatural.

http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=159

So – Valentine ’s Day - crass commercialization of love or a genuine tradition of remembrance? Both – the stores trade on the sentimentality of love and need - and pausing to remember what you have with someone you love is important. Love - it’s weird. Yep, I write romance but that’s the best I can tell you.

An oldie but a goodie and a favourite of mine…


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2 comments:

Sandra Cox said...

Great column. Happy Valentine's Day, mate.

Ashley Ladd said...

Crass commercialism or not, Happy Valentine's Day.

Yeah, I dropped a bundle today for it, mostly on my kids and grandkids more than my hubby.